Basque Museum brings home its New York exhibit, 'Hidden in Plain Sight'

Boise's Basque Museum and Cultural Center will celebrate the opening of a new exhibit "Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques" at a reception on the Basque Block, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Sept. 24. The exhibit about Basque culture and immigration replaces "Basque Whaling: Danger and Daring on a Distant Shore,” which as been at the museum since 2007.

Learn about Boise's newest public art piece

Philadelphia-based artist Ray King is in Boise this week to install one of his large-scale dichroic glass sculpture at the Boise Plaza, 1111 Jefferson St.

Titled “AquA," King's piece will hover over the Plaza's south-facing entry on Bannock Street. At 13 feet, 6 inches tall and 17 feet wide, the sculpture will shimmer with more than 2,000 dichroic glass cubes that change color from blue to green to amber as they reflect light from different angles.

The piece will hang from 106 32-foot long steel cables anchored to the substructure of the Plaza's landing. The company that owns the building, Rafanelli and Nahas commissioned King for the work. This is the largest privately funded public art in the city and should be completely installed by Sept. 19.

You can meet King and hear him talk about his work at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Boise Plaza's Bannock Street entrance, next to the piece.

See artist Ray King's work

Woodstock Film Festival picks up Idaho filmmaker Heather Rae's documentary

"Family: The First Circle," filmmaker Heather Rae's latest effort with her screen writer husband Russell Friedenberg, will receive its world premiere screening at the 11th annual Woodstock Film Festival in New York later this month.

The festival will screen nearly 150 independent films Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 in the historic, arts colony of Woodstock, and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Mt. Tremper, and Kingston in the Hudson Valley Catskills.

Two Boiseans receive Princess Grace Awards

Trey McIntyre Project’s Brett Perry and Boise-raised documentary film student Javi Zubizarreta both received Princess Grace Foundation-USA Awards. Though it’s not that well known in the mainstream, a Prince Grace Award is one of the most prestigious acknowledgments a young performer or artist can receive.

Javi Zubizarreta, courtesy of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.

Ballet Idaho seeks a new executive director

Julie Numbers Smith became the transitional executive director in 2007. She has guided the group through its evolution from a shared company with Eugene Ballet, to becoming an independent, resident ballet under the artistic direction of Peter Anastos. She will step down after this upcoming season.

Ballet Idaho’s board recently launched a search for a new executive director through Arts Consulting Group, a national arts headhunting firm. The board hopes to introduce the new director to Boise during “The Nutcracker” run, Dec. 10 through 12 at the Velma V. Morrison Center.

Click HERE to learn more about the Ballet Idaho executive director's position.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is looking for a few good jazz groups.

Hey, Idaho jazz community, here's a great opportunity.

Jazz at Lincoln Center and The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs are seeking jazz artists and other types of musical groups for The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad’s 2010-2011 cultural diplomacy program.

American quartets specializing in jazz, urban/ hip hop and American roots music can apply through November 1. Auditions will be held in December and January New York and New Orleans. The tours will happen in April and June, and again in September through February.

Reminder: Aug. 17 is the last chance to register for Curb Cup 2.

Curb Cup has more than 100 acts registered for the Aug. 29 event, but still no marching band, balloon-animal artist, sword swallower, ant trainer, baton twirler or you.

Registration for the second annual Cup, which transforms Downtown Boise into a "street circus of creativity," ends at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 17. So, if you're planning to join in, the time is now.

Event founder Mark Rivers has arranged for more space this year, so acts will not be on top of each other and people will have more room to walk around. It also will run an hour longer, so people will have a chance to see more.

Salman Rushdie will speak in Sun Valley


Controversial author Salman Rushdie will finally make his appearance in Sun Valley, at 6 p.m. Sept. 10. Rusdie's talk was originally scheduled for Feb. 11 as part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts' "Outside In: Indian Art Abroad" exhibit. He was forced to cancel because of severe weather.

Ridley Pearson and Sun Valley sheriff featured on NPR’s Morning Edition

Part-time Sun Valley resident and best-selling author Ridley Pearson is well known for crime thrillers and adventure-filled children’s books.

His latest crime novel “In Harm’s Way” (Putnam, $25.95) is the fourth in a series set in Sun Valley, featuring the crime-solving sheriff Walt Fleming. Pearson based his fictional character on real-life Blaine County sheriff Walt Femling, who is a personal friend.

The two are featured on the Aug. 10 Morning Edition on National Public Radio.

Lightning strikes Idaho Shakespeare Amphitheater

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival amphitheater was hit by lightning in the early morning hours Aug. 10. It knocked out power, phone and box office computers. Everything is back on line now. The master electrician is on the job checking the lighting equipment, but all seems well for the packed performance of “Othello” tonight.

Thankfully, the theater technicians regularly unplug all the light boards and sound equipment just as a precaution.

"Othello"is selling fast. Click here to get ticket information.

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